Royal Australian Navy Helicopter Crashes off Philippine Sea

A Royal Australian Navy MH-60R Seahawk helicopter crashed in the Philippine Sea during a routine flight overnight on Thursday.

According to a media release by the Australian Department of Defence (DoD), the aircraft was operating from HMAS Brisbane as part of a Regional Presence Deployment with HMAS Warramunga when the crew conducted an emergency landing in the water.

The three crew members were rescued 20 minutes after the crash and received first aid for minor injuries at the HMAS Brisbane.

Commander of the Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Mark Hammond, commended the crews of both ships involved in the successful rescue. 

“Their immediate actions ensured the survival of the aircrew,” Hammond said.

The two ships, Brisbane and Warramunga, would continue to search for debris from the ditched aircraft. 

“With the aircrew safe, investigating the circumstances that led to the helicopter ditching is the priority at the moment,” Hammond said.

Hammond also confirmed temporarily grounding the flying operations of the MH-60R Seahawk fleet.

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